School’s out, summer is here

NLJ Staff

School is out, summer is here and it is once again time for us to remind everyone to be safe and aware as we head into the warmer months. 

The National Safety Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public service organization promoting health and safety in the United States, highlights several of the most important safety reminders as we head into the summer months. 

1. Pedestrian safety: cell phone distraction is a huge problem, and rarely are we more vulnerable than when walking, crossing streets and negotiating traffic. Pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility and those driving must remain aware of those around them as well. 

2. Beat the heat: anybody can be at risk for heat-related illness, although those who work in the heat, infants and young children, people older than 65 and those who are overweight are at higher risk. Following tips including taking extra breaks and drinking lots of water can help to beat the heat. 

3. Bug safety: mosquitoes can cause a number of illnesses, including Zika Virus and West Nile. To help prevent mosquito bites, use Environmental Protection Agency-registered insect repellant with DEET and wear long-sleeve shirts and pants. 

4. Playgrounds: emergency departments see more than 20,000 children ages 14 and younger for playground-related traumatic brain injury each year.  Nearly 80% of the 200,000 reported playground-related injuries are related to falls so checking for playground hazards can help prevent issues. 

5. Fireworks: summer is synonymous with barbecues, parades, firework displays — and plenty of visits to emergency rooms, especially during July. It is important to follow safety tips including limiting the use of fireworks by children and not using fireworks while impaired by drugs or alchohol. Even better, according to the NSC, is to leave the fireworks to the professionals.

6: Water Safety: drowning caused 3,709 deaths in 2017 and younger children are at greater risk. Being cautious and aware can help to prevent drowning risk, find a full list of tips at 

7: Bicycling: bicyclists must take extra precaution when they ride. They often share the road with vehicles, but injuries are possible anywhere. 

For more tips and tricks for staying safe this summer please visit


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